July 15, 2014
Russia's Centuries-Long Modernization Project Ends
Igor Fedyukin, The New Republic
The Associated Press
The current outburst of tensions over Ukraine is typically described as a replay of a centuries-old Russian tradition of imperial dominance of its neighbors. Yet, beneath this “Russia as usual” façade there might be a truly tectonic shift: For the first time in centuries, it appears that the Russian state does not have a modernizing project. This means nothing less than a reinvention of the Russian state.
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